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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 16, 2008 6:59am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: I just did some research and discovered the following...

1. "My Mother The Car", "It's About Time" and "December Bride" are still copyrighted.

BUT!

The 70's sitcom "Dusty's Trail", Both the 50's and 70's versions of "Your Hit Parade", and the english dub of "Eitoman" are actually PD. Also in the public domain are many episodes of "Beat the Clock", Betty White's 50's sitcom "Life With Elizabeth", Many episodes of "I've Got a Secret" and "The Ray Bolger Show" and "Life With Buster" and "The Buster Keaton Show".

Anyone willing to upload any of that? I might be able to get some of it and upload it, The rest I'm not sure about. If you got any of the PD stuff I just mentioned, Please upload if possible.

Oh Yeah, You may of noticed that many Alpha Video DVDs feature their logo super-imposed over the program. But don't worry, You can still upload it. Why? Because thanks to massive research I discovered that Alpha Video copyrights their fabulous DVD artwork, But doesn't copyright the watermarked versions of programs they release on DVD.

EDIT: I just did more research! Here are some more TV shows that appear to have PD episodes:
Life with Luigi
My Friend Irma
Toast of the Town
The Dinah Shore Show (I uploaded one episode some time ago)
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
What's My Line?
Mr. Peepers
Life is Worth Living
Camel News Caravan
50's Version of "Name That Tune"

This post was modified by Robin_1990 on 2008-03-16 13:58:57

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Poster: dennisfromhillsdale Date: Mar 19, 2008 9:19pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: I just did some research and discovered the following...

I am new to this site and would like to know where/at which website you found out whether TV series' are right protected? Just loooking at one of the series on your list, I know that "Mr. Peepers" is owned by UCLA (through the trust of its creator, the late David Swift), which licensed a company to released episodes commercially.

Though by no means an expert on copyright law, I have read the term "public domain" is misattributed to properties which actually do have current rights protection, that many entities are actually in violation of those laws, were the holders of said properties to actually sue for illegal usage. As an example, many episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" are released by so-called PD companies (and I've seen those same episodes uploaded on the Web), and yet Paramount holds the current rights to that series.

If you know some additional information about this issue, please explain.

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 19, 2008 9:42pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: I just did some research and discovered the following...

My source is http://www.copyright.gov/. BTW, About 12 episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" are 100% PD, But Paramount owns the remaining 200 or so.

BTW, The copything the UCLA copyrighted was a "Recorded Document" which was created in 2000, and copyrighted 2001. What is your source for it being copyrighted?

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 17, 2008 9:17am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: I just did some research and discovered the following...

There are lots of episodes of "It's About Time" on GUBA.com Not sure if links are allowed here.

The premise of this sitcom is ridiculous: Astronauts are catapulted back in time to the stone age, and they have to wheel and deal with cavemen to survive and also try to figure out how to get back to the present! All of the characters -- both moderrn and primitive were inept. Gilligan's Island actually made more sense.

In spite of talented comedians playing the cave people (Joe E. Ross and Imogene Coca), it was a torrible show though....and not worth checking out. Ross and Coca had had some great TV experience in earlier years, but this show was the low point of their long careers. It's About Time is one of the worst sitcoms from the 1960s or ANY other decade for that matter.

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Poster: jonc Date: Mar 17, 2008 9:53am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: I just did some research and discovered the following...

LOL. Yeah, I remember that. It ran during the same years as another time travel show, "Time Tunnel". That wasn't much better. I don't know if that was a coincidence or if there was a very popular time travel movie that they were trying to milk on.


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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 17, 2008 10:48pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: I just did some research and discovered the following...

The Time Tunnel actually wasn't bad in spite of its historical inaccuracies, although it was the least successful Irwin Allen sci-fi series. It ran the same season as It's About Time (1966-1967).

By the way, Sherwood Schwartz (who is 91 years old now) produced that caveman sitcom. Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch made him very rich and he has revived both in various forms over the years, but the old man was smart to keep It's About Time out of syndication. That didn't stop bootleg 16 mm film prints from circulating though, and 1/3 of the series is on GUBA.com

In my opinion, Schwartz' best sitcom is the more realistic "Harper Valley PTA" from the early 1980s. It only lasted 2 seasons. As with the 1978 feature film of the same name, both starred Barbara Eden.

This post was modified by Executive on 2008-03-18 05:45:32

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 16, 2008 11:39pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: I just did some research and discovered the following...

Interesting. I'm amazed that such a huge flop had it's copyrights renewed, When many hits didn't.